...I'm left feeling like I need to buy something new.
I'd tried to buy an Epi Les Paul Custom Silverburst only to have that explode into a backwoods of Kentucky ripoff fest
Then I purchased an Epi Black Beauty where the truss rod popped loose in shipping and had to be sent back. Luckily the seller was awesome on that one.
Now I'm left feeling like I need to give up my deal hunting online and just go in and buy something new. It won't be near as good of a deal but I can live with that.
Only, if I'm going to buy something brand new for the price of an Epi Les Paul Custom or Black Beauty (about $5-$700) then I feel like, well I might as well just save up a little more cash and get the real deal.
So, with that in mind, plus the wife and I are probably going to try for our first kid in the next year, meaning I have one last gasp of being extremely selfish with guitar purchases, I'm thinking of just going for one of my dream guitars. Here they are with some of my thoughts. Any "yes go for it or you're an idiot" or "why would you even look at that barfstick" comments/insights are appreciated. Thanks
Choice #1--Gibson Firebird
--It's not for everyone but I really dig the look. The thought of mini-humbuckers and something a bit different really appeals to me as well. Yes, the neck is 20 feet long and that might be the only sticking point really. Anyone have some quality experience with one?
Choice #2----Gibson Les Paul
--I clearly want one as I was trying to buy the slightly cheaper version on the trading post. There are just so many flavors of Paul I wouldn't even know where to begin. Go type "Gibson Les Paul" into the search box at MF and there are 171 results. That's crazy. But I'm sure if I'm willing to wade through it all I could find one I love. Just not even sure how to begin a selection process there.
Choice #3--Martin D-28 Sunburst
--I realize this is a pickup forum and this choice might not get a whole lot of love here but it's on my list. I don't play a ton of acoustic and this choice is the most expensive of the 3 but I've always wanted a legit acoustic (the one I have now is a $100 beater and my first guitar) and it's something that I would hold onto forever and hopefully give to my kids one day.
As always, open to any left field suggestions but I think my head is in the space of something just left of totally normal & boring with a price range of $1k-$2.5k max